Can’t Believe it’s not Chik-‘N” !!!
Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need. I needed one too. Fortunately, my brother visited me with my sis-in-law and niece. Who would miss a chance to go on a long holiday when it’s a family reunion after so long? I did the same too. They came for less than two weeks. So, we wanted to make each day memorable for them.
Immediately after two days of their arrival here in Charlotte, we packed our bags and left on a road trip from the thrilling Carowinds of North Carolina to the scenic drives in Pennsylvania. A few seconds into our drive, and we understood why National Geographic called it “one of America’s most scenic drives.” The picturesque view of the serene Rivers and the Endless Mountains left us speechless.
From the boundless mountains and gorgeous sceneries of Pennsylvania, we proceeded to the mighty Niagara Falls, breathtaking hurricane deck and the maid of the mist.
We continued the road trip from the Niagara Falls state park to the hustle bustle of New York City’s crowded streets. We were very worn-out but the holiday wasn’t over yet. From the Statue of Liberty in NY to the incredible Luray Caverns (a beautiful gift from the nature) in Virginia, and from the splendid Luray Caverns back to Charlotte, we enjoyed each bit of the trip.
That was an awesome road trip covering 2000 miles all together. Can’t believe we made it but we really did!
So, you can understand why I was on a blogging break for this long. However, now, I am completely charged up for another couple of months and would be interacting with you regularly.
So, this time, I am power packed with the dose of this long vacation and sharing with you the recipe for the power-packed Vegetarian Chicken. Yes, ‘Soya-Chaap’ as it is most popularly known in the streets of Delhi in India. Considered to be the perfect substitute to meat, soya is super-bursting with proteins and other essential nutrients.
Soybeans have a wealth of health benefits, including the ability to improve the metabolism, help people gain weight in a healthy way, protect heart health, defend against cancer, improve digestive health, promotes bone health, protect against birth defects, increase circulation, decrease the risk of diabetes, and generally tones up the body.
It’s difficult to get the Soya chaap sticks here in the US. My brother got the dried soya chaap sticks for me from India. My hubby is a great fan of all the varieties of Soya chaaps we get in India. So, my brother had to bring this rarest delicacy available in the US for all of us. And this time, it was my sis-in-law, Richa, who wanted to prepare the recipe for us in our kitchen.
Thanks Richa for the delectable recipe and a perfect live demo. It was just awesome!
Going straight to the recipe, you need to put these dried soya chaap sticks in boiling water first to make them tender for cooking.
And once tender, you need to deep fry in oil to make them a bit crispier to get the perfect bite in the gravy. Serve it your non-vegetarian friends and I bet you would get “I can’t believe it’s not chicken!” compliment from them. So, now you can very easily entertain your non-vegetarian guests with this scrumptious Vegetarian Chicken.
So, let’s get started with this healthy and tasty alternative to meaty curries- our Soya-chaap masala Curry!